Scholarships and Awards

Indigenous Graduate Award

The Government of Alberta offers the Indigenous Graduate Award to encourage Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) Albertans to pursue graduate studies in Alberta.  All department fields are eligible for funding.

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  • Value
    The awards are valued at a maximum of $15,000 per year, and can be awarded in half values to fund a single term.
  • Eligibility

    Eligible applicants must:

    • Be Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit
    • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident
    • Be an Alberta resident
    • Be registered full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Alberta during Fall 2016 and/or Winter 2017 term
    • Have satisfactory academic standing over the last 15 units of coursework

    NOTE: This competition is not open to students who have already received full-year funding ($15,000) through the Fall term Indigenous Graduate Award competition.

  • Selection Criteria
    • Academic achievement
    • Academic potential
    • Involvement in Aboriginal community
  • Application Process

    Eligible students must submit their complete application packages directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

    Application packages must be submitted via e-mail to as one PDF document, organized in the following order: Application form, CV, Proof of Aboriginal Identity. Reference letters must be provided directly to FGSR by referees, either as hard copies or via email.

    Complete application package includes:

    Indigenous Award Application Form
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    One academic Reference Letter (must come directly from referees if sent by email to OR if hard copy, must arrive at FGSR in a sealed envelope)
    • Proof of Aboriginal Identity (see application form for details)
  • Deadline & Competition Timeline
    • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    • Review Adjudication by the Graduate Scholarship Committee: February 2017
    • Announcement of Competition Results: February 2017